Becoming Ambassadors of His Love
We have all had those moments of sudden awareness or unexpected insight where something we didn’t understand or expect suddenly became clear and obvious. It can be as simple as understanding a Calculus formula or as life changing as receiving a sense of calling to do something radical and unexpected with our life. Often times we will say to someone, “Today I had an epiphany” which is code for, “I discovered something new…I’ve learned something…I understand something in a new way…or, my life is about to be different.”
Truthfully, epiphany is a “religious” term. Technically, “Epiphany” marks the 12th day of Christmas (January 6th) where the mission of Jesus to the world is celebrated. It is the day we celebrate the disclosure of who Jesus is as the Son of God through his miracles, actions, words and presence among us. Epiphany celebrates the day that we discover something new… God is not out there, God is not distant, God is not angry…but, rather, God is with us, he walks among us and he seeks a relationship of love with us. It celebrates the day that Jesus “not considering equality with God something to be grasped, made himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant.”
The story of the gospels is one of constant “epiphany” or discovery for people. As people interacted with Jesus, their concept of who God is and how we relate to him was shattered and then rebuilt and expanded in a way that was life giving and filled with hope. Jesus deepened what it meant to be holy from simple obedience of laws, to the heart and how we follow and love both Jesus and others from the core of our being. Are we forgiving, loving, gentle, kind, honest, and generous? The epiphany was that Jesus (God) isn’t quite as concerned with all we do as he is with who we are in our hearts.
Paul summed it up well when he said that, if the spirit of God is in you, you will be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled.
At the same time, Jesus didn’t just leave it about us and our relationship with him. His message was one of mission. He called each of us to partner with him in being reconcilers of love to the people around us. He called us to be his ambassadors. Paul summed it up well in 2 Cor 5 when he said, “…he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are, therefore, Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” This isn’t a suggestion or idea. It’s a mandate and calling to live out the life, work and message of Jesus in the world around us.
Epiphany marks the day that we discovered God is for us, not against us, that God is more concerned with the heart than the law. For us today, an equal epiphany may be the day we discover we are to be his ambassadors…carrying his message of reconciliation to the world around us.
How do we carry this message of reconciliation? We do it every day by living lives of love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. We do it everyday when we seek to serve and engage our neighbors, our coworkers, the people we like and dislike in ways that demonstrate who Jesus is and his message of reconciliation.
As you enter into 2019, may we each experience in a new way the full epiphany of God’s love for us and of his calling for us to be ambassadors of his message of reconciliation.
— Doug Sider is the Executive Director at Be In Christ Church of Canada.
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